By Dan Merica, CNN
Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.
From the Blog:
CNN: Christmas compromise lesson for lawmakers
The mad dash to buy last minute Christmas presents is about at its peak. Shoppers rush around, their eyes glaze over. No words are exchanged but the message is clear, what can I find? What will it cost? Will they like this?
Interested in the answer for the long held Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hannukah question?
TIME: Is there a right way to spell Hanukkah? Chanukah? Hannukah?
It began last night at sunset: Hanukkah. Or is it Chanukah? Or Hannukah? Sometimes getting the proper spelling of a Hebrew word transliterated into English gets tricky, especially when far more than a trio of options prove technically correct. But if you don’t fall into the Hebrew-scholar category, what should you do?
CNN: Menorahs lighted in New York, nation’s capital
From big balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to a big Christmas tree at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, the Big Apple is known for going big around the holidays. And on Tuesday, the first night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, New Yorkers went big again, lighting a massive menorah outside the south side of Central Park.
CNN: Piers Morgan learns to ‘Tebow’
CNN's Piers Morgan is coached on how to pray like Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos.
Archuleta made the announcement while on tour in Salt Lake City.
CNN: David Archuleta to embark on Mormon mission
Fresh-faced “American Idol” star David Archuleta is putting his promising career aside for a higher calling. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Archuleta – or Archie, as he’s known to fans – has announced that he’s embarking on a Mormon mission.
CNN: After layoff, finding new meaning in a lower paying job
“Four days short of my 58th birthday," Carl Fields said, “I received notice I was being laid off. It came as a total shock, honestly.” The company was reorganizing and his position was being eliminated.
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Newt Gingrich on Tuesday told a voter he would not be the right choice for those basing their decision on the issue of same-sex marriage.
The Christian Post: Gingrich and Gay Marriage: Strong Opposition, But Religion Grounds Unclear
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich again made it clear this week that a gay’s right to marry a same-sex partner is not his issue, but it is still unclear whether the former House Speaker is defending marriage on the grounds of religion freedom.
Catholic Sun: New missal translation introduced in 2011 also an evangelization tool
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl doesn't have a problem with the fact that there will be some missteps and some wrong words spoken during the first weeks of using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Mass.
Houston Chronicle: Christmas Eve brings together Houston Jews, Muslims
On Christmas Eve, Jews and Muslims may find themselves with nothing to do while Christian neighbors plan fancy dinners and special church services. For the past two years, the Jewish and Muslim communities in Houston have taken advantage of their free schedules to gather together to learn about each others’ traditions and find commonalities as minority faiths.
The Telegraph: Muslim baby adopted because of fear of honor killing
A baby born to a Muslim couple having an affair had to be adopted to save it from being murdered by its mother’s family in a so-called honor killing, senior judges have ruled.
Quote of the Day:
[The baby] was conceived in a relationship which was unacceptable to [the mother's] traditional Muslim family and conducted in secrecy. When she realised she might be pregnant she ran away from home for fear of the reaction of her family and, in particular, her father.
This quote is from court documents in a case regarding a baby born to a Muslim couple. According to the documents, the pregnancy came from a woman having an affair and the ruling led to the baby being adopted to save it from being murdered by its mother’s family in a so-called honor killing, senior judges have ruled.
A provincial court sentenced Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to death in 2010.
CNN: My Take: Iran must stop persecuting minority religion
In March 2009, when I was detained in Evin Prison in Iran, two evangelical Christians were arrested. I never met them but spotted them a few times through the barred window of my cell as they walked back and forth to the bathroom down the hall.
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CNN: SNL Tim Tebow controversy continues debate over quarterback’s faith
When “Saturday Night Live” parodied Tim Tebow’s relationship with Jesus last weekend, not everyone was laughing.